Ring 2013 Speaker
Arthur Groos is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Cornell University, where he is a member of the departments of German Studies, Medieval Studies, and Music. In the former, his fields of interest include Arthurian romance, the courtly love lyric, medieval science, early modern city culture, and the Age of Goethe. In the latter his interests focus on issues of music and culture, text-music relations, and opera. Publications include Giacomo Puccini: La bohème (1986), Medieval Christian Literary Imagery (1988), Romancing the Grail: Genre, Science, and Quest in Wolfram’s Parzival (1995), and Madama Butterfly: Fonti e documenti (2005), as well as the collections Reading Opera (1988), Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2011), seven other edited volumes, and numerous articles. Founding co-editor of the Cambridge Opera Journal, he is also general editor of Cambridge Studies in Opera. A co-founder and Associate Director of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, Italy, he also edits Studi pucciniani. He held Guggenheim and Senior Fulbright Fellowships in Munich in 1979-80, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in Berlin in 2001-02 and 2009. In Fall 2007, he was Fowler Hamilton Visiting Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, where he failed to make a dent in the wine cellar. The presentation on Rheingold in Seattle will be his first contribution to the emerging field of historical aquatics.